In Bhubaneswar, a voluntary organisation Kalinga Sena, organised a demonstration and burnt the effigy of Gautam Prasad.
“His (Mahatma Gandhi) disgrace is India’s disgrace, the disgrace of one billion people of India. We are staging a protest against Gautam and we demand capital punishment for him,” said Kalinga Sena President Hemanth Rath.
Gandhigiri on the march ! Death to the infidel ! Wouldn’t Bapuji have been proud of Kalinga Sena chieftain (incidentally was not the Kalinga Sena wiped out by Emperor Asoka thousands of years ago?) Hemanth Rath and the violent students of Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith for their belligerent upholding of the principles of forgiveness and tolerance?
Granted that Gautam Prasad is an ass. His Gandhi poledance and stripping routine as seen on youtube (link intentionally not provided) is not satire or smart iconoclasm but an attempt to elicit laughs (he is a professional clown) by the debasement of himself (and by association of the Gandhi/towelhead stereotype that he plays) in front of a Western audience. But if there be an even greater parody of Gandhism then it has to be the behavior of these other amateur clowns, who are not even aware of the ironic silliness of their demands for “capital punishment”.
And another point in passing. In report after report, I see the same mistake: that Gautam Prasad shows Gandhi pole-dancing and then fighting/cavorting with women. Actually there are two videos: one of Mr. Prasad and another a parody of the movie Gandhi by Weird Al Yankovich where Gandhi is shown eating beef, fighting and womanizing.
Coming back to the main point, the biggest loser in this glorious spectacle is the Indian government, which consistently insists on behaving like the typical crackpot Islamic state in obsessively frothing at the mouth in response to any perceived insult. In its infinite wisdom, it has served show-causes to the Indian channels which carried the news and called for the video to be taken down failing which a ban would be placed on Youtube.
Yes the Big Ban Theory. Once again.
[Post script: This is my blog's 300th post and taking advantage of the euphoria that this has unleashed all across the world, Abhishek Bachchan has finally proposed to Aishwarya Rai. And she has accepted and if unconfirmed reports are to be believed, she has promised him a little B by the time the 400th post is made on this blog.]